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Marshall EDC grant helps invest in future growth

A $25,000 grant from the Marshall Economic Development Corporation has helped fund job creation and purchase a CNC lathe at Lewis Engineering.

The Marshall-based business will use the lathe in the manufacture of components used in illumination mortar rounds. Lewis Engineering recently secured a five-year contract for mortar round components with the U.S. Department of Defense.


Lewis Engineering plans to hire eight to 10 employees over the same period. Initial capital investment in new machinery for Lewis Engineering is valued at more than $150,000. It is projected that the new machine will be running both for day and night shifts for the next five years.

Lewis Engineering was established in 1961 by Clayton and Roger Lewis to repair army jeeps and manufacture military flares during the Vietnam War. With one building and five employees, their goal was to build a manufacturing firm in Marshall of the highest quality.

The metal stamping and fabrication business has grown to five buildings and approximately 40 employees over the past 58 years. Lewis Engineering continues development of components to serve the U.S. military, and it has expanded to produce numerous metal fabricated components for a wide array of industries.


The family business, now its third and fourth generations, is managed by Clayton’s grandson Steve Lewis and great-grandson Doug Lewis.

“I’m very glad to see that MEDCO is not only seeking out new businesses to locate to Marshall, they are now striving to help existing businesses expand,” Lewis Engineering President Steve Lewis said. “As a manufacturer in Marshall for over 58 years, that means a lot.”

MEDCO’s grant is intended to help “promote and advocate for companies that engage in primary jobs. Marshall EDC is ready to assist those engaged in such activities how they can,” MEDCO said. Donna Maisel, MEDCO executive director, praised Lewis Engineering and their company’s role in the Marshall economy.

“Products moving out and new money moving in, brings more money to Marshall for our community’s economic health,” she said. “This boost proportionately ripples across our local economic sectors.”

Source:  Marshall News Messenger